Cardinals vs Braves – 10/4/19 MLB Picks, Odds, and Predictions

By October 4, 2019 No Comments

Braves look to even NLDS with Cardinals

A pair of the National League’s top pitchers over the last two months will face off in Game 2 of the NL Division Series, each with an important objective.

The St. Louis Cardinals will send right-hander Jack Flaherty (11-8, 2.75 ERA) to face the host Atlanta Braves’ Mike Foltynewicz (8-6, 4.54) on Friday afternoon.

Flaherty will try to give the Cardinals a 2-0 lead when the best-of-five series shifts to St. Louis on Sunday. Foltynewicz will try to even the series and avoid putting the Braves in a very difficult situation.

“Any time you can win on the road, it’s important, especially Game 1,” St. Louis veteran Matt Carpenter said. “All the pressure is over there now. We’ve got our ace on the mound, so we feel good about it.”

St. Louis came away with a 7-6 win in Game 1 by rallying to score two runs in the eighth and four in the ninth. It was just enough to hold off the Braves, who scratched for three runs in the bottom of the ninth.

Flaherty has been the Cardinals’ best pitcher over the last two months, winning NL Pitcher of the Month honors in both August and September. He did not start the series opener because he was needed to pitch the regular-season finale Sunday to secure the division title.

Flaherty is 1-1 with a 4.32 ERA in three career starts against the Braves. He has faced the Braves twice this season, both in May, going 1-0 with 2.25 ERA. He threw six scoreless innings against Atlanta and struck out seven on May 26, but did not receive a decision.

“They’ve got professional hitters up and down,” Flaherty said. “They can run a little bit, so they just put good at-bats together no matter what, don’t give any at-bats away. As long as we go out and execute our game, execute what we need to do, we’ll be in a good position.”

Foltynewicz was on the 2018 All-Star team, but got off to a slow start and spent two months at Triple-A Gwinnett this season. He has returned to form since being recalled on Aug. 5; over his last seven starts, Foltynewicz is 4-1 with a 1.73 ERA.

Today’s Top Expert Picks

Scott Matthews

Scott Matthews just released his highest rated 20-Unit College Football Selection in this Army/Navy game.. 12-2 Overall Record on the Last 14 20-Unit Selections Released (+200 Unit Net Profit). Scott’s 20-Unit Selections are only released a limited number of times per year and have been yielding a winning percentage current at 80%, so take advantage to get in on the winning. Plus receive two 10-Unit NBA Selections in the Miami/Dallas game plus the Pistons/Rockets game. Click Here to Access!

Ken Fields

Ken just released this huge NFL Power Play. He’s taking advantage of this oddsmaker mistake and doubling down his units to really demolish the book. It’s a power play guaranteed to win.
Click Here to Access!

Mike Lieber

Mike has done his homework on this football game tonight and is ready for this BIG WINNER to cash! He has just released this personal NFL Best Bet. Get on board now and profit.
Click Here to Access!

Foltynewicz is 3-4 with a 7.64 ERA in seven career starts against the Cardinals. He made two starts against St. Louis in May, going 1-1 with a 6.75 ERA.

“To see where I am at today, it was a little far-fetched,” Foltynewicz said. “But at the same time, I kept the same goal and dream that I’m going to be with these guys no matter what it is — bullpen, starting — when the playoffs came around.”

The Braves will likely be without right-handed setup reliever Chris Martin. He left the game Thursday with right oblique tightness.

Atlanta must again address questions of Ronald Acuna Jr.’s mental errors. He did not run after hitting what he thought was going to be a home run in the seventh. The ball hit off the wall, and Acuna was held to a single.

“He should have been on second,” said manager Brian Snitker, who removed Acuna from the game when a similar incident occurred during the regular season. “And we’re kind of short-handed to do anything about it right there. You hate to see that happen.”

Pick: Braves Team Total Over 3.5 Runs